During pregnancy, the hormone’s in your body will naturally change as you accommodate the new life inside your body. This can lead to undue effects on other processes in your body. This includes cravings and sickness, but also oral complications. There is a unique type of gum diseases called pregnancy gingivitis, which occurs when progesterone levels in the body are high, which can increase the growth of bacterial plaque. Knowing how to combat this can help keep your oral health in good condition throughout your pregnancy.
How To Tackle Pregnancy Gingivitis
Despite your best efforts to maintain your oral health, via brushing twice daily, flossing, using mouthwash, you may find that you are still experiencing symptoms of gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis are swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath and tenderness. This can happen most frequently between the second and eighth months pregnancy. If you begin experiencing gingivitis, despite good oral hygiene routine, it is a good idea to book an appointment with one of our dentists so we can examine your oral cavity. We can advise you on the best course of action to tackle your pregnancy gingivitis.
The upkeep of excellent oral health is paramount, as your oral cavity will be experiencing higher amounts of harmful bacteria than normal and your gums will need extra protection. Changes to your diet will also help maintain healthy gums. Reducing the amount of foods you eat that are acidic and sugary will help prevent damage to your teeth and gums. Additionally, an increased uptake of vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables will help restore oral strength. For immediate relief of sore gums from gingivitis, gargle sea salt in warm water to reduce irritation. Keeping in regular contact with our one of our dentists and always turning up for appointments will help ensure healthy gums for the duration of your pregnancy. To book an appointment now, call our office.